Health Journeys Wellness Reports
For those of you who celebrate the Jewish New Year, everyone at HJ wishes you a happy, healthy 5775!
I love the ritual of wiping the slate clean and starting over – forgiving others for their offenses and asking for forgiveness for our own. If you've ever tried it, you know it's not so easy to do – either side of the equation. And it creates its own state of mindfulness as we try to stay in that enlightened "fresh and new" space.
And speaking of shaping up and beginning anew, you really must check out Traci Stein's free wellness report – Kicking the Habit: Ten Keys to Positive Change, on how to dump dysfunctional old habits and acquire some healthy new ones – in other words, create positive change in your life, even if it feels like it's impossibly difficult or even hopeless.
This is a perfect time of the year to talk about setting goals and actually achieving them. An arch nemesis, procrastination, is ubiquitous, however. Nearly all of us procrastinate some of the time, and some of us do it nearly all of the time. Chronic procrastination can cause significant problems for us.
In order to conquer procrastination, it’s important to understand what it is and isn’t, why people procrastinate, and ultimately, what we can do to get things done.
What is (and isn’t) Procrastination?
Put simply, procrastination is putting off either starting or completing something that we’ve consciously agreed to do.
It’s worth noting that procrastination is different from choosing to begin a project at a later time either because there is adequate time to do so, or because the benefits of putting off a task outweigh the costs of doing it right away.
We are a nation of people who long for a good night’s sleep. Restful Sleep is the new Holy Grail, sought by one in three bleary-eyed Americans.
In fact, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta has declared sleep insufficiency to be a nationwide public health epidemic, with a whopping 50-70 million US adults suffering from some sort of sleep or
Even the Surgeon General of the Army, LTG Patricia Horoho, has focused considerable effort and resources on improving the quality and quantity of our soldiers’ sleep, seen as critical to their health and welfare.
The Downside of Sleep Insufficiency
Sleeplessness is associated with motor vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, weight gain and occupational errors. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, depression, cancer and obesity. And they die sooner.
At the very least, sleep insufficiency results in irritability, poor judgment, muddy thinking, strained relationships, less satisfying sex, sub-par functioning and generally decreased enjoyment of life.
What is Guided Imagery, Anyway?
Guided imagery is an immersive, hypnotic, audio intervention, consisting of calming words, soothing music and positive images, designed to structure a relaxing, healing experience that targets specific health goals.
It can be spoken by a practitioner or self-administered with a recording.
Considered the “lazy man’s meditation”, because it takes no training or preparation whatsoever, it is extremely easy, user-friendly, portable and private, requiring only an audio player and the ability to press “Play”.
It works well as an adjuvant therapy alongside conventional treatment, and is also helpful on its own.
If you click on the links below, you’ll hear brief audio samples that will immediately convey to you the nature of this intervention.